No joke. We’re moving to Florida. In 2.5 weeks!
This is a work relocation. I’ve been working for a very well known Fortune 500 company for almost 5 years now, and I have an opportunity to transfer internally for a big promotion. I am so excited!
For the last year I have been building a very specific professional skillset, and one day my brother from another mother challenged me to see if my skillset was relevant to other roles. He left me accountable to him in two week’s time. So I updated my resumé internally. Now, one of the things that excited me when I was first hired, was that I could work in pretty much any location world-wide. And since it is just me, my hubs, and our furbabies, it’s easier to relocate.
As I updated my resume I updated my relocation preferences, and found a few new ones, in particular this location in Florida, and looked at the role offerings there. The first role that was listed was this position that I swear was written with me in mind! It was the perfect combination of my last year’s work, and what I hoped my near future career development would look like. The only down side, in my mind, was that it was a really big level jump from my current role, which might be a disqualifier. That being said, I thought back to Cheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In”, which talks about how women often don’t apply for roles that they don’t feel 100% qualified for. I thought that I didn’t really have anything to lose in applying because the worst they could say was “no”, or send me an automatic denial email.
Imagine my surprise when the recruiter reached out to me and screened me. I even negotiated for a relocation package. That turned into a meeting with the hiring Executive, and then four other significant interviews. And then it became “hurry up and wait” until one day I received an email asking how this role stood up against other things I might have interviewed for, and what I might need for relocation.
At this point I thought it was likely that I would receive an offer. I started to purge in anticipation of packing. Then I received an email that I would be receiving an offer, but there were a number of approvals that had to happen because of transition in the company, which took almost another week. Then the offer officially came. How exciting!
And thank goodness because it has been a really distracting two month process that I couldn’t talk about! I even had to wait to post here for the official work announcement to be made because work friends follow me across social media.
So now we are packing and purging, purging and packing. We officially depart on the 30th, and then I start my new role on the day after Labor Day! My last day in my current role is on the 26th. All my stitching WIPs are packed except for Tradewinds, and the kitchen is gradually being packed up. The timing of the Dorie challenges is perfect because I can finish the next challenge for the Bubble Eclairs before we go, and then get to relocating. My husband has been amazing, and is quick to remind me that he is the captain of this relocation ship. I am relegated to tape and labelling duty, and am happy to relinquish the lead.
I am so excited for so many reasons, and it is equally bittersweet, but the benefits far outweigh any sadness I have over moving on. We are stoked for new adventures, and to getting back to the East Coast, which my husband and I are both natives of.
Anyway, I hope to share details of our move, now that I can talk about it, our apartment decorating process, more cooking, more stitching, and our experience with living almoat literally on the beach.